Stirley Farm – work expected to start soon

Good news for those of you who support Stirley Farm….

We’re delighted to say that the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s plans to develop Stirley Farm are very close to becoming a reality. Pending final approval by Kirklees Council’s Cabinet, work will begin on converting the farm buildings this Autumn.

Growing Newsome are very happy to be a partner in this exciting new project.

If everything goes to plan, the new ‘Stirley Community Farm’ will see 100 hectares of farmland bordering Newsome village, Hall Bower, Berry Brow, Almondbury, Netherton and Honley used for producing local food. The farm buildings will be renovated by the Trust, with the old barn being converted into an education centre. Work on the buildings is due to start in October 2010.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will be employing a Farm Enterprise Manager and a Food Education and Training Officer to work at Stirley Farm. The closing date for job applications is 27th October 2010. The job vacancies are advertised at:

Workers to help renovate the farm buildings will be recruited via the Future Jobs Fund. There will also be lots of opportunities for local volunteers.

The farm will feature an organic beef farming operation and a farm shop. It will also be the venue for an annual Newsome food festival and for ongoing activities to help people learn how to grow their own food. There will be a range of other community activities at the farm, including guided walks, wildlife conservation and environmental events.

We’re looking forward to working with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust on this project.

Please note: Although we have the Trust’s permission to share this information with our members, we’ve been asked to wait until the final Cabinet approval comes through before promoting the project more widely – we’ll let you know as soon as we have more information.

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